Divine Activity in Space, Time and History. Theologian Harry Lee Poe and chemist Jimmy H. Davis argue that Godâ€™s interaction with our world is a possibility affirmed equally by the Bible and the contemporary scientific record.
In Part One, the authors conduct a comparative study of the Christian model with other religious and philosophical depictions to show that the biblical God interacts with the physical universe in a truly novel way.
Part Two turns to scientific research to identify many ways that the universe, including human history itself, is constituted to allow for divine interaction with it. Rather than confirming that the cosmos is closed to the actions of the divine, advancing scientific knowledge seems to indicate that the nature of the universe is actually open to the unique type of divine activity portrayed in the Bible.
"This book will be of interest to anyone who has ever wondered how the Christian God, a nonphysical being, can interact with the physical universe of matter and energy. In a wide-ranging, engaging and insightful study, Harry L. Poe and Jimmy H. Davis investigate what kind of a God and what kind of a world would allow, even encourage, such interaction without violation of the laws of nature. "The authors trace the development of complexity in the universe from the big bang to the emergence of self-conscious beings. They argue that fine-tuning in cosmology, quantum phenomena and chaotic systems in physics, epigenetics in biology, and the imaginative capabilities of the human person point to an open universe that invites interaction with cognitive agents, including God. Their valuable study is rooted in a healthy respect for mainstream science and a solid knowledge of the biblical text." â€”Robert C. Fay, professor emeritus, Cornell University
Part One: What Kind of God Interacts with the World?
1. Religious Views of God and Nature
2. Traditional Christianity
3. The Process Theology Option
4. Beyond the God of the Gaps
Part Two: What Kind of World Allows God to Interact?
5. Cosmology and the Emergence of Everything
6. God, Uncertainty and Openness
7. God and Life
8. God and History
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